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August 5th, 2009

Second African-American Day Parade



Members of Mass of One Entertainment march up Liberty Street.

Newburgh - Mass of One Entertainment and the City of Newburgh hosted the Second Annual African-American Day Parade and Multicultural Unity Day on Saturday.

The day began with a parade from South Junior High School to Audrey Carey Park on Liberty Street. The Newburgh Free Academy JR ROTC Color Guard led the way, followed by members of the military, elected officials, and community organizations.

The Magnificent Flippers performed astonishing acrobatic flips the entire parade route. Natasha Cotton, owner of Mass of One Entertainment said the group of young people had been practicing all year long for this event. "I told the kids last year that if they kept practicing they could be in the parade this year. Look at them now," Cotton said.

Cotton, who organized the parade and festival, thanked everyone who came out to support them. "I’m glad to be able to do this again," she said. Adding, "What we have is always worthy and I appreciate all who do participate. I want to give the city, and the kids, something to appreciate. The little kids deserve it."

During the festival City of Newburgh Deputy Mayor Regina Angelo presented Ms. Cotton with a proclamation from the city. New York State Assemblyman Frank Skartados, who marched in the parade said, "This is a heritage day indeed and I’m going to make sure everyone is included in this beautiful city. We want to celebrate our past, we look forward to our future and there’s so much we can do - together."

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